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Wednesday January 5, 2022

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Good morning!
BC, good that you're flexible like that.  

J22, hope your appointment went well and that you come up with a plan for your pain.

Stars, glad you got your car back.  I think with covid and the supply chain issues we're all going to hear frustrations about anything we want done.  

Amo, I don't do cold well at all.  I'm glad I wear winter close inside.  If I can't wear shorts and a t-shirt and flip flops indoors it's too cold my head it going up.  Luckily I live in Florida where the heat can keep up with the mild cold.  

Diana, I make lentil soup often and have a gazillion times over the years. Sounds good!

I survived work on little sleep.  Was able to keep my 5:1 assignment with no discharges and admissions.  I sent three patients to surgery and while they were gone got my charting done and left only about 30 minutes late.   I was exhausted but still took a full strength clonazepam to calm me down and make sure I didn't wake up at 3AM like I have the last two nights.  I did wake up but told myself "hell no, I'm not doing this" and didn't even go to the bathroom and fell asleep.  I still feel real tired though.  

I decided to take $500 bonus and overtime because taking Thursday off would have caused a hardship.  All the managers are taking a full patient assignment and everywhere is short.  I imagine we are going see see horrible numbers when released on Friday.  

 I'm working on getting some more landscaping done in the back which is going to be an expensive ordeal.  Will get an estimate by the end of the week so I can use the money.  

Our secretary and one of our nurses are back to work after mild systems after five days.  A CNA on night shift and one nurse on day shift are still out.   Two patients we needed to place in a nursing homes turned up positive in their screening, meaning more likely one of us gave it to them, I had one of them this past weekend and hope it wasn't me, or that I didn't catch it from her.  But I'm 100% healthy and no need for testing.

Funny that last year or 2020 it would have been quarantining the entire unit testing all the patients and staff,  Now it's, "meh" nothing to see here.

The physical therapist with covid is back at work.  She said she had the sniffles for a day.  She got tested only because she was getting company for the holidays.  She's perfectly fine after 5 days.  

Two coworkers that work in the ER are stuck out of the country because they tested positive in their "return to the US testing requirement".  One reasons why I might not want to travel outside the US just yet.

Florida is a mess.  I read over a million positive cases in the US in one day.  Mind boggling. Hopefully it will burn through us quickly and the symptoms will be mild for most people.

Take care!

 

 

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Tweety glad work was OK

NJ22 hope they have a plan for your leg pain

Stars glad the car is back

Amo I find I dislike cold as I get older

Dianah I often make both lentil soup and stew

BC the weather here has been similar

Work was busier than expected, we were closed Monday and had lot of emails to respond to.  Should be quieter today.   Thankfully a meeting planned for yesterday was canceled.

After work was quiet, just exercised and relaxed.  Still working on getting the PA and MA licenses, finally got the background check started for the former.  Decided to email the latter, they say they didn't get my transcript but the school says they sent it 2 weeks ago.  Tried calling but was on hold over an hour

Talked to J, his rescheduled flight home was delayed but other than that he made it home OK

Today have the usual shopping after work.  Will have choir afterwards, will be nice not to have to hurry to get to bell choir too

Might get snow later, will  be in the 30s.  Colder the next 2 days but will warm up a bit by the weekend

 

 

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I just slid my way into work. We had some more snow last night that came down on wet roads so it's pretty slick. I am happy to have my Subaru to drive. I had to make a home visit last night, but because it was the end of the day I took my car instead of the county Prius. Those things are awful in the snow. My doc was totally on board about getting an MRI but my pacer is presenting a problem. Neither of the 2 imaging offices will do one for me, so I have to go through the hospital. I have to wait 5 days for authorization, plus with COVID overwhelming the system I don't think it will happen for a couple of weeks. The hospital is overwhelmed, as many are. Over the holiday weekend cases exploded, admits with COVID are the most ever during the pandemic. 

Tweety, that must have felt weird to keep the same group all shift. You deserved to have a full night's sleep. 

I made some lentil soup from a mix last week. It had an option to add ground beef, which I did for dh. It was good and I think it would have been fine without meat. He is of the mind set that one must have meat with the evening meal. We had pizza last night, I had a salad. 

Got a go, zoom meeting coming up. 

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nursej22, is your species of pacer MRI-compatible?  Cardiology should know by the type it is.  And, MRI team should have a list of compatible devices.  And if it is not freshly implanted, and is MRI-compatible, there should be no issues going in to MRI.  Hope you can get the scan sooner rather than later. 

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Once again is partly sunny, working on being overcast. The sun feels good, but there has been a coooool breeze that's just come up. I think it is around 54 degrees or so.

Went out to Walmart because we once again had to stock up on Nannie's 'disposable feminine-hygiene products'. I got one LARGE package and one EVEN LARGER package of pee-pads  (she wears them inside her pull-ups  🙄 ---just-in case ) because I am tired of having to go get those items every third day. I swear! Not that it will help anything except my curiosity, but I am going to note when I put the fresh package of pads in her bathroom, just to see how long it takes her to deplete the pack. // Well, whaddya know, she just now came out of the BR and said she was out of pads....so I opened a pack of 27 pads. Let The Count Begin!!! We'll see when she runs out  again. I do usually have to empty her bathroom wastebasket EVERY NIGHT! And she does the funniest thing with the outer pink wrap and the paper that covers the adhesive strip....she ties each of them in BOWS, like bow-tie-looking bows, and she puts them in a separate plastic bag from the trash. Why? I dunno. It must please her sense of aesthetics. 

Nice to have my car back. I went out early-ish this AM because hubby was fussing he had to have the car for his 1 PM hair appointment, and he had to 'get ready' for it....which today only involved washing his hair in the kitchen sink (with my help). It only takes 10-15 minutes to get to her new shop and she is ALWAYS behind, so his1 PM appt may turn out to be a 2 PM appt. She talks a lot and always answers her cellphone when it rings, so a haircut is done in fits and starts. But at least she is  excellent at her job, and doesn't charge an arm and a leg.

I need to go up to my room a put away two stacks of clean clothes. I have no bureau-dresser, and if I am too lazy to hang them up after I fold them, I pile them on a towel on the floor. Well those 2 piles are falling over now, so I have to take care of it. If I could have 3 days alone with no interruptions, I could meander through that and some of my other 'on-the-list' neatening-up and organizing projects. I don't work in a linear manner. I go from this to that as the mood moves me....but it does all get done, as long as I don't have to stop to do something for one of the others here....most often OZZIE, who is a pushy little so-and-so when he gets something on his mind. And when he needs to go out, he REALLY needs to go out! We have about 5-6 times a week now that he lets go and pees on the parquet floor in the hallway if we get there 5 seconds too late! I keep a dry, folded towel tucked away on the coat-rack, in order to have it to throw on his next puddle. Life is _____________!(fill in the blank with your own philosophical/metaphorical word)

Done chatting for the moment----

Later, 'gators!

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1 hour ago, dianah said:

nursej22, is your species of pacer MRI-compatible?  Cardiology should know by the type it is.  And, MRI team should have a list of compatible devices.  And if it is not freshly implanted, and is MRI-compatible, there should be no issues going in to MRI.  Hope you can get the scan sooner rather than later. 

Yes, both pacer and wires are MRI compatible and I've had it for 2 1/2 years.  Both of the imaging places have a policy that they don't do MRIs on pacer patients. I dunno, maybe it is a liability issue.

I would like to avoid the hospital, partly because I think they gouge people on prices. I used to call them the Evil Empire, because of their near monopoly on many of the services here. My new name for them is Our Lady of Perpetual Revenue. 

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That is an antiquated policy, IMO. 

 

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1 hour ago, dianah said:

That is an antiquated policy, IMO. 

 

The policy says something like: 

"To heck with a patient's pain level. We can't be bothered keeping up with technological and/or medical changes that have out-dated prior policies, thereby hobbling the use of certain necessary procedures.

Besides, after we went from non-profit to total-profit-only-for-very high-placed administrators, we just don't have enough in the budget to make accommodations for any lowly patient's so-called needs.

We also drain the working personnel's lives of energy and pleasure in a job well done due to our consistent policies of insufficient staffing, time and supplies.

We squeeze every penny until it gets to our coffers, and then hide them well, with double-speak and outright lies. Patients are our BUSINESS because we refuse to admit that the field of medicine is an ART, in which no two human beings fit exactly any arrived-at-by-us, 'standard' treatment.

 "The Pox on Ye All", saith the Medical/Health Commanders, "Don't bother us. we'll bother YOU!"

(...or something very like that!)

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes
Do ya think I have an attitude problem? Well, I don't. I have had the Stars taken Out Of My Eyes via the so-called PROGRESS in medicine's and insurance's practice.

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It just seems, to me, that vendors have developed MRI-compatible devices so patients' care is not hampered by their (very necessary) device.  And it is not the fault of the device now, but the policies that do not recognize the updated technology (that really IS MRI-compatible).  It is the policies that are not MRI-compatible.

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